To obtain a Site Safety Coordinator Certificate, you must meet the following qualifications:
You must meet at least one (1) of the following:
New York State Licensed Professional Engineer or Registered Architect and satisfactorily completed a Buildings-approved 8-hour Site Safety Coordinator course within one (1) year prior to application and two (2) years experience supervising the construction or demolition of major buildings*;
Have an active Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) designation from the Board of Certified Safety professions (BCSP), and two (2) years of experience supervising the construction or demolition of major buildings*, and within one year prior to application has satisfactorily completed an 8-hour Site Safety Coordinator course approved by the Department;
Five (5) years of construction supervision or construction safety experience within the ten (10) years prior to application, including at least three (3) years supervising the construction or demolition of major buildings and satisfactorily completed a 8-hour Site Safety Coordinator course within one (1) year prior to application
Have Education/Experience Qualifications outlined in 1 RCNY 104-08 and satisfactorily completed a Buildings-approved 40-hour Site Safety Manager Course within one (1) year prior to application and satisfactorily completed a 30-hour OSHA Safety Course within two (2) years prior to application and (1) of the following:
Five (5) years of experience within ten (10) years prior to the date of the application as a building code enforcement official charged with enforcement of the provisions of the New York City Building Code. The enforcement should include inspections of major buildings under construction or demolition and thus, this basis for qualification excludes officials whose primary role is to perform inspections of occupied or vacant buildings; OR
Five (5) years of field experience within ten (10) years prior to the date of the application working on buildings as a safety official for a governmental entity or construction firm or as a safety manager or safety engineer for a safety consulting firm specializing in construction or demolition. The experience should include two and a half (2.5) years of relevant work on major buildings* under construction or demolition; OR
Five (5) years of experience within ten (10) years prior to the date of the application working in a relevant construction trade with plans in furtherance of building construction or demolition, three (3) years of which were on major buildings under construction or demolition and two (2) of those three (3) years were in an on-site supervisory position.
For purposes of this paragraph, each year of formal training or education in a program with emphasis on construction at a college, technical, or trade school may be substituted for one (1) year of construction work up to a maximum of two (2) years.
*A major building is defined as a building that is:
1. 10 or more stories
2. 125 feet or more in height
3. 100,000 square feet or more of lot coverage, regardless of height
4. Designated by the Commissioner
You must pass a background investigation. Submit the documents listed below, either by mail (priority mail, FedEx, UPS or another trusted delivery service) or drop-off to:
NYC Department of Buildings
Licensing & Exams Unit
280 Broadway, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10007
NOTE: Drop-off your application package between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm.
You must include all the following for your application to be processed:
All document submitted must be originals. Copies will not be accepted. Upon successful completion of the background investigation, the Licensing Unit will notify applicants (in writing) and provide additional instructions for obtaining the license.
If the Department determines you meet all the qualifications and you pass the background investigation, you will receive an approval letter from the Licensing & Exams Unit. Once deemed qualified, you must send an email to LicensingAppointments@buildings.nyc.gov to obtain an appointment to receive your license card. Your email must include a PDF scan of your approval letter. You should receive a reply within 15 business days.